The original inhabitants of the Eastern Sierra called it “Neenameeshee” or Guardian Of The Valley and it is clear why once you have viewed it from the Owens Valley. Even close up, although its summit is lower than some of the neighboring 14,000ft peaks, it still looks the tallest.
One of the great climbs of California’s High Sierra thise arete is a great sweeping curve, steadily steepening as height is gained. The route is never too easy and never too difficult, just good climbing high above surrounding peaks and alpine lakes. Spectacular views extend out over the Owens Valley to Telescope Peak above Death Valley, the White Mountains to the east, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to the south and west.

We often climb the route as a part of our Palisades High Peaks Camp.


good-great-awesomeThe best guidebook is Peter Croft’s “The Good, The Great, and the Awesome”.

Get it from Maximus Press.

You can also get our unpublished SMC Guide to Mt. Sill.

We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000′) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick or better yet, camped at an even higher trailhead, such as one of the campgrounds in Big Pine Creek for a night just before the trip. Glacier Lodge is also a good lodging option. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

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